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Posts tagged Sonny Rollins

May 5, 2007

 

Sonny Rollins Live in London

Sonny Rollins: Live in London

Mid-1960s club recordings reveal the saxophonist in full, uninhibited stride.

February 3, 2007

 

Freedom Now

We Shall Overcome: Civil-Rights Jazz

There was a strong relationship between jazz and civil rights in 20th-century America, and artists sometimes addressed the cause explicitly in their music.

January 13, 2007

 

The Best Tenor You Never Heard: J.R. Monterose

JRJ.R. Monterose is a saxophonist rarely heard even by jazz fans, and his most well-known recording, Charles Mingus’ Pithecanthropus Erectus, is one that Monterose himself later all but disowned. He recorded only sporadically as a leader and withdrew from the jazz world several times, woodshedding or playing in towns distant from the music’s metropolitan centers. His sound, although influenced by other tenor horns such as…

November 18, 2006

 

Great American Songbook

The Avant-Garde Plays the Great American Songbook

Takes on the standards from Eric Dolphy, Cecil Taylor, Ornette Coleman and more.

September 16, 2006

 

Duke Ellington Mary Poppins

Jazz Goes Disney

Goofin' on Disney: how movie songs for kids made their way into the jazz world.

June 17, 2006

 

Jazz Cameos

ByrdsEven if you don’t usually listen to jazz, chances are that you’ve heard Sonny Rollins, Phil Woods, Zoot Sims, Hugh Masekela, Chet Baker, and other jazz luminaries… did you know that it was Rollins soloing on the Rolling Stones’ “I’m Just Waiting on a Friend”?…

December 10, 2005

 

Henry Grimes and Fred Anderson

Now Found: Henry Grimes

Night Lights talks with Henry Grimes, the legendary bassist who returned to the jazz scene after disappearing for more than 30 years.

September 3, 2005

 

thelonious monk & sonny rollins

Sonnymoon: Thelonious Monk and Sonny Rollins

When Rollins met Monk: the saxophonist was a hip, humorous, and musically expert foil for the brilliant corners of the pianist's mind.

December 18, 2004

 

Holiday Happening

Armstrong ChristmasThe first-ever Night Lights Christmas program features music from Booker Ervin (“White Christmas” from his 1966 album Solid Structure), Ahmad Jamal (“Snowfall,” written by Terre Haute, Indiana native Claude Thornhill), Sonny Rollins (“Winter Wonderland”), Babs Gonzalez (“Bebop Santa Claus”), Bill Evans (a rare and amusing vocal take…

November 20, 2004

 

The Hawk Heads Home

Coleman Hawkins LPThe Hawk Heads Home: Coleman Hawkins in the Early 1960s” was broadcast in honor of the Hawkins centenary on Sunday, Nov. 21, 2004. The early 1960s were Hawkins’ last great period, and this program features music from his Today and Now lp, his bossa nova effort (Desafinado), and his collaborations with Duke Ellington…

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